Teenage Mothers Singer Jailed Following ‘Huge Brawl’
News posted Monday, April 16 2012 at 01:00 PM.
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In their first show back since February’s nang-huffing incident (read about it here), Melbourne’s Teenage Mothers have become embroiled in yet more drama.
The band were allegedly set upon by bouncers following a gig at The Esplanade Hotel on Saturday night (April 14), resulting in the arrest of singer James “JK” Kennedy. Incidentally, they were opening for Faker, who were involved in a similar scrap outside a Launceston Hotel last year. Guitarist Raph Brous sent the following statement to M+N this morning:
Before we played, the bouncers were physically abusive to some of JK's friends. There is testimony from eyewitnesses. Onstage, JK shamed those aggressive security guards. He announced their badge numbers to the crowd. JK told the audience to stay away from them.
The gig went well. After the gig, I packed up backstage. Meanwhile, some of the security guards accosted JK, in revenge for his onstage comments. This is absolutely unacceptable! The singer in a punk band should be able to talk to the audience, without fear of being assaulted by disgruntled bouncers!
The bouncers threw JK outside and assaulted him. JK's injures include broken ribs. JK fought back (in self defence). Several of his friends jumped in against the vengeful bouncers. There was a huge brawl in the street. We have objective eyewitness accounts of a bouncer repeatedly punching JK and repeatedly smashing our friend Tom's head into the pavement.
The police arrived like it was the LA riots. A squad car, two divisional vans and a police riot bus drove onto the pavement outside the Espy! There were about 15 police there. JK was violently arrested, handcuffed, thrown into a van and locked in the jailhouse (along with two of his friends). He got fined $500 for being “drunk on the street” even though he was drinking beer at his own gig!
JK got out of jail last night and he will fight the charges in court.
A statement has been sought from The Esplanade Hotel. Keep an eye on M+N for further updates.